Caregivers are parents, teachers, therapists and friends of children and adults with disabilities.
Caregivers are partners, siblings or friends of individuals with chronic health care challenges.
Caregivers are adult children of elders with Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dimentia.
As a caregiver, we choose to provide whole-hearted care to our loved ones, but many times tending to our own needs is placed on the back burner and we experience chronic stressors.
Stress among parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities is pervasive and linked to lower quality of life, unhealthy family functioning, and negative psychological consequences.
Physical, emotional and psychological stress are also recognized as the unfortunate side-effects of caring for loved ones with dementia and chronic debilitating conditions.
The responsibilities of caregiving can be overwhelming, and it is vital that we do not neglect our own needs when taking care of our family and friends. Mindfulness-based practices are an effective approach for addressing stress, anxiety and depression of caregivers. Cultivating self-compassion supports and strengthens our ability to care for those we love. There is mounting research demonstrating that mindfulness-based practices reduce stress and anxiety, ease depression and improve overall health and wellbeing.